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THE SLEEPING SOULS LIVE IN MANCHESTER – WHAT HAPPENED?

The Sleeping Souls, also known at times as Frank Turner’s band were flying solo last night in Manchester. Gracing the stage at one of my favourites and without a doubt coolest venue in this fine city, Band on the Wall (the developers knew what they were doing here, New York City backstreet jazz club vibes all over this place). The five-piece are amid a UK tour and ready to present themselves as an act in their own right. 

Taking the first support slot tonight was Hannah Rose Platt, a Liverpudlian singer/songwriter who warmed up the audience with her melodic and soulful vocals. Platt was accompanied by two talented musicians and the three-piece wowed the audience with intricate guitar solos. Platt’s songwriting, especially the tune dedicated to New York’s Grand Central Station was breathtaking and literally drew the crowd closer to the stage. It is not an easy task to warm up an audience, especially at a venue like this where the main bar is next door, but Platt did a fabulous job.  

What I noticed this evening was the kindness the acts showed towards each other, which made sense when I discovered they had been sharing a tour bus. Platt spoke of her admiration for Sleeping Souls and how supportive they had become as a ‘tour family’. Heartwarming. 

Next up as the main support was southern singer and all-round cheeky chappy Sean McGowan who, alongside his band thrilled the growing audience with his witty, street wise lyrics and fast paced chord play (think Jamie T and Barenaked Ladies mashed up with a hint of Alex Turner).  

McGowan was a little different to many artists of his genre, dressed as a ‘shit Pablo Escobar’, his words not mine, his self-depreciating attitude was rather endearing and certainly won this Manchester audience over.  

The headliners The Sleeping Souls certainly drew in some hardcore fans tonight. Many had been stood at the front all evening as soon as the doors opened at 7. Three hours late, the five-piece bounded onto the stage and kicked off immediately with a powerful set, showcasing not only their musicianship but some impressive guitar shapes (shout out to Ben for not staying still throughout!).  

I caught up with the band before their set and despite two members being taken ill with flu they battled through, and I certainly wouldn’t have noticed with such powerful vocals and stage presence in abundance. These guys are certainly going places, literally – find out where below! 

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